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Island focus: Schools paralyzed amid teachers’ strike

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 11 2018   /  01:29 am

About 6,000 contract teachers in Wonogiri, Central Java, have staged a strike, effectively halting the daily activities at several kindergartens, elementary and high schools in the region on Tuesday.

The teachers, grouped under the Contract Teacher Defenders Front (FPHI), protested the government’s refusal to grant them civil servant status, even after they failed to pass the recruitment process for candidate civil servants (CPNS) and contract-based government employees (PPPK).

“We demand that the central government grant the teachers CPNS status without having to undergo the general CPNS recruitment process,” said the head of the Wonogiri contract teachers forum, Sunthi Sari, in front of the Wonogiri Education Agency building.

She added that around 90 elementary schools in the region were paralyzed by the strike, because the majority of teachers were not civi...